Ty Carter Art-Thoughts on Color, Part 1 & 2; Design, Color and “Value” an Idea. 

Hey rajivnarayanan,

Thanks! Here are a few demos I’ve posted on workflow, color, values, composition, and story. To see the full text and details along with other tutorials/demos, visit tycarter.com  

Feel free to share with your friends or download for personal use! There are many ways to paint and these are my humble thoughts. I hope you enjoy!


The true face of post traumatic stress.

(Article by J.D. Leipold of Army News Service, 27 AUG 2013.)

WASHINGTON - Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter yesterday became the second soldier to receive the nation’s highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009.

After telling the story of the ambush, which raged for 13 hours between 53 soldiers and some 300 Taliban fighters, and citing Carter’s complete disregard for his own safety, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around the 33-year-old cCavalry scout’s neck in the White House’s East Room.

The Keating battle near Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan was the first since the Vietnam War in which two living service members received the Medal of Honor for their individual actions in the same battle. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle Feb. 11.

Carter braved merciless enemy fire from rocket-propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small-arms by running the 100-meter length of the outpost twice to retrieve ammunition for his fellow soldiers. At the same time, he provided suppressive fire to keep the enemy from over-running the post. Then, with complete disregard for his own safety, and in spite of wounds, he discarded his M-4 rifle and ran to a critically wounded soldier to render life-extending first aid. He carried the soldier to medics as Romesha and his team provided cover.

Eight soldiers died of wounds suffered in the battle, and 25 others were wounded.

Before the citation was read, Obama recalled Carter’s words to him earlier in the day, then asked the soldiers from his unit – the 61st Cavalry Regiment – to stand and be recognized along with the families of the eight fallen soldiers.

“Ty says, ‘This award is not mine alone,’” the president said. “The battle that day, he will say, was 'one team in one fight,’ and everyone 'did what we could do to keep each other alive.’ And some of these men are with us again. And I have to repeat this, because they’re among the most highly decorated units of this entire war: 37 Army Commendation Medals, 27 Purple Hearts, 18 Bronze Stars for their valor, nine Silver Stars for their gallantry.”

Obama took a few minutes to address not only Carter’s courage on the battlefield, but the courage to seek help for what he finally accepted and recognized in himself as post-traumatic stress.

“As Ty knows, part of the healing is facing the sources of the pain,” Obama said. “So now he wants to help other troops in their own recovery. And it is absolutely critical for us to work with brave young men like Ty to put an end to any stigma that keeps more folks from seeking help.

"So let me say it as clearly as I can to any of our troops or veterans who are watching and struggling: Look at this man. Look at this soldier. Look at this warrior,” the president continued. “He’s as tough as they come. And, if he can find the courage and the strength to not only seek help, but also to speak out about it, to take care of himself and to stay strong, then so can you. So can you.”

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Towards the end of Epic, I pitched a credit concept to my director Chris Wedge. The idea was to create the illusion of being Leafman size, passing over all of Bomba’s research, scientific experiments, gadgets, calendars, photos, notes, books, etc. Chris bought off on the idea and my art director, Mike Knapp, gave me free reign to run with it on my own.   

I wanted to make these credits really personal to the great production team behind the film. Before composing anything, I went around the studio to supervisors, leads, directors, managers, and artists to get an idea what made each department unique. I was looking for inside jokes, production lingo, OOP things, extra curricular activities etc. I got to know a lot of artists I otherwise might have not met. I took notes on everybody. I learned that animation’s production manager had a funny finger-hair curling tendency during meetings. The assembly department joked that they could add 10-15% size to any asset before it broke but Wedge always wanted 20% more. Carl Ludwig, one of Blue Sky’s founders, met with me to explain the history of the studio and even gave me one of the first rendered images ever made. It was caustic glass and I added it into one of the credit pages (not featured here). I learned about people’s kids and families. I got birthdays, names and little doodles from their own desks. I made lists of interesting facts about each department.  After getting fuel for the fire I got to work sketching out ideas for each department. I envisioned a photo-real look but we didn’t have the production budget to render things out. So instead, I would paint it myself and place composite assets together in photoshop.  I got onto the server and pulled assets from the test materials galleries. I brought in anything relevant to the page themes, modeled scissors, map graphics (done by the amazing David Dibble), BJ Crawford’s bird studies, previous film items . Sometimes a test render came in looking too clean so I’d brush over it with paint and repaint shadows and highlights to match the lighting scheme. If I could save some time, I’d scan textures in. The cork board and corrugated cardboard are good examples of that. Co-workers wondered what I was trying to do with a 6 foot cork board and a 2 foot scanner! Some things I had to create myself like the dried clay surface and cherry wood desktop. I tried to sneak in drawings from everybody on the show into piles of paper simulated by stacking layers and artificial shadows. There are over 70 different artists featured in just these pages alone. That speaks to the immense talent I get to work with each day! I had fun creating graphic design logos and paper headers to bring some legitimacy to specific ideas. When I needed a fake business name or brand, I drew from my list of notes. I personalized every single credit page with all the tidbits. When Epic premiered at the Ziegfield theater I was delighted to watch the reactions as co-workers and families enjoyed a glancing insight into the fun we had making the movie. I won’t keep blabbering on. Have a look for yourself and see what you can find. There is meaning behind every single bit of text and doodle. If you have hawk eyes, you’ll spot my wife Anikah’s name somewhere on each page. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Medal of Honor recipient returns to service.

Medal of Honor recipients Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, Capt. William Swenson and Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry attend a ceremony to unveil the addition of their names to the Washington State Medal of Honor Monument, in Olympia, Washington.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Mark Miranda, 2 APR 2014. Article by Adam Ashton, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington, 10 APR 2014. Source.)

Medal of Honor recipient Capt. William Swenson has rejoined the Army and been assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps, the corps spokesman said Wednesday.

Swenson’s appointment to the corps plans office means that three of the six living military service members who’ve received the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan are now assigned to Lewis-McChord.

Swenson, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and Staff Sgt. Ty Carter are the only Medal of Honor recipients still currently active duty.

The three of them were recognized last week at a ceremony in Olympia in which their names were added to the state’s Medal of Honor monument. Petry and Carter wore dress uniforms to the event while Swenson wore a civilian suit.

I Corps spokesman Col. Dave Johson said Swenson joined the Lewis-McChord headquarters on March 14 as a captain.

Swenson of Seattle left the Army in 2011, two years after he repeatedly risked his life to recover the bodies of ambushed Marines and Afghan soldiers in Kunar Province. Five U.S. military service members and nine of their Afghan partners lost their lives in the battle.

During the battle, Swenson coordinated combat aviation and helicopter assets. He fought to rescue a wounded comrade, and delivered first aid under enemy fire.

He received the nation’s highest military honor in an October ceremony at the White House, two years after Marine Dakota Meyer received a Medal of Honor for his role in the same battle.

A McClatchy investigation by reporter Jonathan Landay, who was embedded with the troops during the ambush, showed that Swenson’s nomination for the medal was delayed because the Army lost his paperwork.

Carter serves in Lewis-McChord’s 7th Infantry Division. Petry soon is expected to retire from his 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

The Signs As Issues Lyrics
  • Aries:I guess if you're in love with the streets
  • Then you'll die in the sheets
  • With the coke on your chest and his lips on your cheek
  • Taurus:Your love is addictive
  • I'm trying hard, just to quit it
  • Gemini:If they let you into heaven then I'd rather go to hell
  • You think you're buying your way to the top
  • with all that bullshit that you sell
  • Cancer:Catch me running around the town, if you can.
  • My heart on my sleeve and the world in my hands.
  • Leo:You see I got a conscience like gasoline
  • I could siphon shit out, fuck it and leave
  • Virgo:Things aren't always picture perfect
  • But picture us on top cause we're worth it
  • Libra:She's a killer, try to get inside my head
  • Try to give her wine and bread
  • But she prefers the blood I bled
  • Scorpio:Stingray Affliction
  • Making small stabs in passing
  • But the pain is bigger than it seems
  • Sagittarius:Hotel rooms, Bourbon and Bronx, a drifter living life without God
  • Capricorn:There's a place in my bed where you rested your head
  • Now I'm resting alone in this bed and it's cold
  • I feel like a ghost, these memories go up in smoke
  • Aquarius:What a shame that you feel so insane,
  • but the truth of the matter's
  • Your shadow is cold and afraid
  • Pisces:I never should have let you in
  • I needed a hit of something
  • High for this feeling they call love

President Barack Obama awards U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington D.C., Aug. 26. Visit www.army.mil/medalofhonor/carter/index.html to learn more about Staff Sgt. Carter and to view the “battlescape” recreation of his heroic actions in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller)


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